Yonder Slings Mocktails and Cocktails on the Rooftop Above Commonwealth Bistro in MainStrasse

If you’re looking for great mocktails, just head over Yonder — literally. This rooftop bar opened at the end of June above Commonwealth Bistro in MainStrasse. Conceived by Commonwealth owners Chris and Tess Burns as a way to utilize the patio above the main restaurant, the new bar features the same attention to detail that has made the bistro popular. For Tess, who doesn’t drink, an essential part of creating a relaxing and welcoming space was offering a well-crafted selection of mocktails. So she asked Bryan Harris, Yonder’s beverage director, to create a mocktail list that was just as exciting and delicious as the cocktail menu, and he delivered. But, if you do drink, Yonder’s alcohol is also noteworthy. The culinary menu rotates on a weekly basis. Like Commonwealth, Yonder’s chefs and bartenders use direct-from-the-farm ingredients, but the bar’s more flexible approach lets them use unique items that come in small quantities, which are perfect for an appetizer that only sticks around for a week but couldn’t be worked into the main restaurant’s menu. Past dishes have ranged from Oysters Rockabilly to wagyu beef jerky made in house. The menu matches the spirit of outdoorsy adventure that permeates Yonder. Tess and Chris were inspired by the natural beauty of Kentucky State Parks like Red River Gorge (though, Tess diplomatically adds, “Ohio state parks are also great”). They partnered with local designer Corey Rineair, who also curated Commonwealth’s interior, to create a wood-encased space reminiscent of a treehouse. It’s complemented by Midcentury Modern touches that evoke the decades-old aesthetic still found in many state parks today. Yonder can seat about 30 and, true to its weekend-getaway theme, is open Thursday through Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons. Yonder by Commonwealth, 621 Main St., Covington, commonwealthbistro.com/yonder.
Photos by Hailey Bollinger
Scroll down to view images

Join the CityBeat Press Club

At a time when local-based reporting is critical, support from our readers is essential to our future. Support our coverage with a one-time or monthly donation.


Lounge space at Yonder
Hailey Bollinger
Lounge space at Yonder
A spread of items available on Yonder's rotating menu
Hailey Bollinger
A spread of items available on Yonder's rotating menu
Cucumber Strawberry Smash with cucumber, lime, jalapeno and strawberry Jarritos ($7)
Hailey Bollinger
Cucumber Strawberry Smash with cucumber, lime, jalapeno and strawberry Jarritos ($7)
Fried catfish tacos with Lidia's Pineapple Slaw
Hailey Bollinger
Fried catfish tacos with Lidia's Pineapple Slaw
Yonder Slings Mocktails and Cocktails on the Rooftop Above Commonwealth Bistro in MainStrasse
Hailey Bollinger
Graham cracker cake with chocolate mirror glaze, house marshmallows and caramel sauce ($4)
Hailey Bollinger
Graham cracker cake with chocolate mirror glaze, house marshmallows and caramel sauce ($4)
Mushroom-stuffed squash blossoms with sauce olivade ($6)
Hailey Bollinger
Mushroom-stuffed squash blossoms with sauce olivade ($6)
Pork steamed buns with barbecue and brassica slaw ($5)
Hailey Bollinger
Pork steamed buns with barbecue and brassica slaw ($5)
Campfire Breakfast with bacon-washed bourbon, maple syrup, angostura bitters and a toasted marshmallow ($9)
Hailey Bollinger
Campfire Breakfast with bacon-washed bourbon, maple syrup, angostura bitters and a toasted marshmallow ($9)
The bar at Yonder
Hailey Bollinger
The bar at Yonder